While Monday, June 23 is a day of rest at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the rest of the final week is packed with activities. Here is a look at some of the highlights Tuesday-Saturday, June 24–28.
Adele Myers & Dancers will present “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” which combines feats of physicality with the music of the contemporary group So Percussion, Tuesday-Saturday at the Isenman Theater, Yale School of Art.
A different local choir will provide the “soundscape” for each performance of “The Events,” an award-winning new play by David Grieg exploring the boundaries of tragedy and forgiveness, which will be staged Tuesday-Saturday at the Yale Repertory Theatre.
The Montreal troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers) will combine high-flying acrobatics with break-dancing, skateboarding, and basketball in “Traces,” being performed Tuesday-Saturday in the University Theatre.
This week’s Ideas events, which are free and open to the public on a first-come basis, are:
“Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter” with writer Annie Murphy Paul, about the impact of the microenvironment. (Tuesday)
“Photographs of Britain and Ireland” with Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro, two Americans whose works are featured in the exhibition opening that day at the Yale Center for British Art. (Wednesday)
“Contemporary Circus: Innovative Approaches to Partnership, from Quebec to New England,” a panel discussion by producers, artists, and innovators about how circus skills have inspired community-building, collaborative business models, and out-of-the-box artistry. (Wednesday)
“How to Make a Human Being” with New York Times writer Carl Zimmer, about how humans became so different from our primate cousins. (Thursday)
“Can Art Mediate Conflict?” in which scholars and composers will reflect the ways in which music can help resolve discord and uplift humanity. (Friday)
“South Africa Now: Reflecting on 20 Years of Democracy,” a panel looking at the post-apartheid hearings and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. (Saturday)
Free entertainment on the Green
Elm Street Stage
There will be two musical offerings daily on the Elm Street Stage:
There will be a variety of youngster-friendly performances daily at 1:15 p.m. on the Family Stage:
Tuesday: Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble
Wednesday: Voci Angelica Trio
Friday: Acrobuffos (see also: “Even More on the Green”)
Even more on the Green
In addition to their appearance on the Family Stage (see above), Acrobuffos will present “Waterbombs!” —described as a comic “water balloon gladiator show” — at 5 p.m on Friday and noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Free.
Visitors can get in touch with their spiritual selves while walking through a Compost Labyrinth that will be created by EcoWorks and the Mercy Center at Madison beginning Thursday afternoon. Guided walks looking at the history and purpose of labyrinths will begin at 7 p.m. The labyrinth will remain after the event, and the compost used to create it will eventually be absorbed back into the earth.
The Weekend Showcase, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday will feature artists and talents from the community.
Visitors to the New Haven Green can purchase slices from city pizzerias at the annual Pizza Fest, to be held at noon on Thursday and Friday. Proceeds will benefit New Haven’s Connection Fund. Watch a video from last year's event.
The festival will draw to a close with a free evening concert at 7 p.m. on the New Haven Green featuring La Santa Cecilia and Nation Beat. The 2014 Grammy winner for Best Latin Rock Album, La Santa Cecilia combines Pan-American rhythms — cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock — in their fiesta-like performances. Nation Beat will open the evening with its music from Brazil by way of New Orleans.
The week’s menu also includes a variety of walking and bike tours, master classes, and more. For information about these and other events, visit the International Festival of Arts & Ideas website.